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Links 1 through 10 of 10 by Simon Phipps tagged Liberty

And rightly so. They are as bad as Guantanmo, punishment without end for people accused of being athreat without conviction and with secret evidence. The fact the Lib-Dems have not done away with hem shows their presence in the UK government is a sham and that we are actually governed by old-style Conservatives with n respect for anyone but their rich friends.

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It turns out that software publishers really don't like copyright law alone. It gives their customers far too many rights - in this case "first sale" rights - and they would much rather use contracts that avoid giving any rights similar to ownership.

Doing so allows them to control and manipulate the customer in ways the framers of copyright law never imagined and which negate the social contract - benefit to society in return for a limited monopoly - that is its foundation. The use of copyrights and patents as a lever to force contractual agreements is common and is rapidly eroding both our liberty and our cultural commons. Used with proprietary EULAs it is the antithesis of both software freedom and the Creative Commons.

"The American Library Association and eBay argued against the outcome. The library association said it feared that the software industry’s licensing practices could be adopted by other copyright owners, including book publishers, record labels and movie studios."

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Excellent and balanced set of proposals from Michael Geist for copyright reform in Canada - well worth reading in full to see what's possible. Sadly, all the signs are that Canada will adopt reform that ignores balance and citizen rights in favour of copyright owners. As I will keep saying, copyright is a social contract granting temporary monopoly in exchange for surrender of the work to the public commons - sadly government and copyright owners alike have forgotten this and insist on ever-broadening control with ever-diminishing surrender to the commons.

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Google doubtless understands that the Chinese government don't respond well to public statements like this. I expect them to get far less diplomatic, directly-reude responses in fact. But after attempting to do things China's way, it's hard to see what other principled response they could take to the betrayal fot he trust they had placed in the Chinese government by toeing their line for three years. Google's business will increasingly depend on being globally trusted and this sort of political behaviour is a business necessity for them. It also challenges their competitiors to make a stand. Sadly, I expect most of them to be in Chinese government offices right now offering to fill the gap Google will leave. To understand why, Google "webmink reptiles".

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Excellent visualisation of what the governmenta will do with all the data that's being gathered for various reasons. It's not the individual feeds that are directly a problem, it's their aggregation and triangulation.

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I wonder if anyone in our establishment in the UK has actually seen "V for Vendetta" or read "1984" as anything but a guide-book?

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Excellent look at how interest groups and politicians spin issues to create bad legislation that serves their campaigning ends. The same process goes for anything involving the word "drug" as well.

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"almost all of the software stacks running on cloud computing platforms are open source, for the simple reason that proprietary software licenses have no provisions for cloud deployment". What's missing from this analysis is a clear statement of digital liberty principles, but it's a start.

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"... is that one spends most of one's time defending scoundrels. For it is against scoundrels that oppressive laws are first aimed, and oppression must be stopped at the beginning if it is to be stopped at all."

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This proposal crosses the line to give police an unreasonable power of interrogation. As far as I can tell they already have all the powers they need to operate in a free society; this tips the balance.

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